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Nokia 808 Pureview – what you need to know

The Nokia 808 PureView, the innovative handset from the Finnish mobile giant, is due for release in select markets later this month.

The first lucky markets to get this exciting device will be India and Russia, with others having to wait a little longer to their hands on it.

Nokia may have been knocked unceremoniously from its perch as the world’s biggest mobile phone seller by Samsung recently, but with the PureView it’s shown us it still knows what it’s doing.

Positive reception for Nokia 808 PureView

Since its launch in February, the 808 PureView has received critical acclaim. Debuting at Mobile World Congress in February, the PureView won Best Mobile Device at the event.

After its success in Barcelona, the device went on to win Best Imaging Innovation for 2012, awarded by the Technical Image Press Association.

“PureView has completely raised the bar on imaging performance for the whole smartphone industry – and Nokia is not stopping here,” said Jo Harlow, Head of Smart Devices at Nokia.

“We’re going to carry on developing PureView for our future smartphones in ways that will again revolutionize the imaging experience.”

Nokia 808 PureView specs

Of course, the only specification anyone cares about on the Nokia 808 is the camera – a 41MP beast with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics.

The lens is combined with Nokia’s pixel over-sampling technology, meaning the camera still delivers sharp pictures even in low light. Images can also be saved in a compact format for easy sharing.

It’s fair to say that Nokia focused all of its attention on the camera, as the device lacks in other departments.

Nokia decided to stick with its Symbian OS for the PureView, meaning it leads the Symbian pack. Under the bonnet, a 1.3GHz single-core processor puts it firmly in the mid-range. But with a camera like that, who cares?